Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities
through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury
prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics,
personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the
health of your family and community.
Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations.
These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire
Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or re-occurring
through implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, and
conducting research, in contrast to clinical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, who focus primarily
on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. It is also a field that
is concerned with limiting health disparities and a large part of public health is
the fight for health care equity, quality, and accessibility.
Perhaps never has there been a more exciting time to pursue a career in public health.
- Public health is an exciting and growing field of study. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues such as
improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental
hazards, violence, substance abuse and injury.
- Public health is a diverse and dynamic field. Public Health professionals come from varying educational backgrounds and can specialize
in an array of fields. A host of specialists, including teachers, journalists, researchers,
administrators, environmentalists, demographers, social workers, laboratory scientists,
and attorneys, work to protect the health of the public.
- Public health is a field geared toward serving others. Public health professionals serve local, national, and international communities. They
are leaders who meet the many exciting challenges in protecting the public's health
today and in the future.
- Public health is a rewarding field. The field of public health offers great personal fulfillment - working towards improving
people's health and well being is a rewarding day's work.
Our MPH graduates have secured positions with the following titles:
|Senior Analyst at ASTHO
||Health Policy Analyst
|HIV/AIDS Project Coordinator
|Health Education Coordinator
||Medical Students (4)
|Public Health Analyst
|Public Health Epidemiologist
||Nurse Practitioner Student
||Public Health Doctoral Students (4)
|Research Project Coordinator
Some professional positions that MPH graduates are qualified for include:
Data Management Director, State Health Dept.
Director of Clinical Trials, Industry/Corporate
Program Evaluation Analyst, Federal Government
Director of Infectious/Chronic Diseases, Local/State Health Dept.
Outcomes Researcher, Industry/Corporate
CDC Investigator, Federal Government
Health Systems and Services
Hospital/Managed Care Administrator, Health Facilities
Program Evaluation & Planning, State Health Department
Information Systems Manager, Industry/Corporate
Health Services Research Analyst, University
Policy Analyst, Federal Government
Health Education/Behavioral Science
Consumer Information Director, Voluntary Health Agencies
Program Planning & Evaluation, Local Health Dept.
Health Promotion Specialist, Industry/Corporate
Waste Management Specialist, Local Health Department/Environmental Agency
Pollution Control Program Director, State Health Department/Environmental Agency
Industrial Hygenist, Industry/Corporate
EPA Researcher/Administrator, Federal Government
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